You probably can picture exactly what I’m talking about here. There are things you absolutely need in your home, like outlets and thermostats, but they can be pretty unsightly. There are also places like your tv and cable box, laundry storage, and garbage cans that are totally necessary, but again, unsightly. Never fear! We have some great tips on how to disguise your ugly household stuff. These ideas are easy, inexpensive, and can go a long way toward making your house feel like yours.
- Baskets – These are a favorite of mine. They make tidying up quick.
- Wicker or canvas-style baskets are a great solution to the age-old question: “Where should I put this?” For the bedroom, baskets make for great storage of throw pillows you use to make the bed look nice during the day, but need to take off your bed at night. One or two baskets at the end of the bed, and you have a place to put them other than your floor.
- I keep square baskets (with handles) next to the door where my family comes in and out. One is for the family’s shoes, and the other is for my son’s sports equipment. No stinky basketball shoes strewn around the house! He knows exactly where to find them when he needs them, and where to put them when he’s done. They can easily be moved out of sight if need be.
- Wicker baskets are a natural for towels, wet or dry. The lattice texture allows for airflow, so they don’t get smelly. Keep one for clean and one for dirty.
- Magazines and Newspapers – keep one for what you’re currently reading, and one for recycling. Get baskets on the smaller side so your recycling doesn’t pile up.
- Paint – Quick and inexpensive, paint can go a long way toward achieving the look you want without a big price tag.
- Chalkboard paint is perfect for your beat up garage entry door. (The one that leads into the house.) Make this your family communication center: make grocery lists, write reminders, etc. I loved this idea from The Gathered Home.
- Not too keen on avocado green appliances? Remember “Harvest Gold?” A great way to update the look of those old, but still working appliances is contact paper. They now come in a faux metal finish that will instantly bring your appliances into the 21st century.
- Tiles need a new look? Whether you have tiles in the bathroom or kitchen/backsplash area, update them with high gloss paint like Rustoleum Painter’s Touch. Clean and prime them first, paint, then let them dry for at least 24 hours.
- Hardware/Tools – A quick trip to the hardware store can help you Houdini some of the unsightly stuff.
- Velcro is your friend for hiding power strips. I have a power strip velcro’d to the underside of my desk, and the cords are tucked into these easily mounted Cable Drops you can purchase through Amazon.
- Need to hide a thermostat or alarm console? I love this idea: Hang a lighter weight canvas wall art over it with hinges. This accomplishes two things: hides the thermostat, but leaves you access. Learn how with this quick tutorial from Bliss Bloom Blog.
- Is your dog’s wire crate right out in the middle of everything? Get Fido a dog crate cover. The crate will blend in nicely and give Fido a little privacy. Buy one from Amazon here, or if you’re crafty, make one yourself.
How Do YOU Disguise Your Ugly Household Stuff?
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